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DVC Moonlight Magic, December 2017 - A Photo Report
DisneyDan  Tuesday, March 6, 2018 12:43:00 PM
Hello everyone,

I realise this is about 11 weeks late, but better late than never, right?

Back in December we attended the DVC Moonlight Magic event at Epcot. It was a fun evening with some great characters, but other than that, I don't have a lot to say about it at this point, since it was over two months ago, but I thought it would be fun to share some photos from the evening anyway.

Enjoy!
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NEWS - Music of PIXAR Live show, Cars 3 Characters at WDW, New Disney Jr Dance Party, StellaLou to debut and more!
DisneyDan  Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:52:29 PM
Hello everyone,

This week has been a particularly good week for character news, with lots coming out of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disney Resort and Disneyland Paris.

Let's start with Tokyo Disney Resort, where last night they announced a brand new character to join Duffy and friends at Tokyo DisneySea - a bunny named StellaLou.   [ Read More... ]
Character Central Advent Calendar - 15th December
DisneyDan  Tuesday, December 15, 2015 8:14:28 PM
Hello everyone,

It's the 15th December, so it's time to find out who is behind today's door of our very special Character Central advent calendar!

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Happy National Teddy Bear Day!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, September 9, 2014 11:39:20 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is National Teddy Bear day, so to celebrate I have put together some of our favourite pictures of some of the teddy bears you might find at the Disney Parks around the world!

Happy National Teddy Bear Day everyone!

Dan.

WDW Dec 2010 - Meeting Lotso

Tokyo May 2014 - Meeting Duffy

Disneyland Dec 2007 - A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Tokyo May 2014 - Meeting ShellieMay

WDW Dec 2009 - Celebrate the Season

Meeting Winnie the Pooh
Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage at Tokyo DisneySea
DisneyDan  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 7:43:48 AM
Hello everyone,

Earlier I showcased Disney's Easter at Tokyo Disneyland, which you can view here. Along similar lines, until the 23rd June this year you can experience Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage at Tokyo DisneySea, the second theme park at Tokyo Disney Resort, Japan.

Here is a roundup of what you can expect to find at the park during this time. All photos here were taken just last week (end of May 2014).

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Mickey and friends have arrived in the Mediterranean to a wonderful celebration of spring. Presented several times per day at the Lido Isle area, it fills up quickly and people will wait all day for the show, so be prepared!

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Springtime Surprise

Mickey and friends have arrived in the Middle East to an enchanting, magical celebration of spring. There are some neat tricks in this show! Presented several times per day at the Arabian Coast courtyard, it fills up quickly and people will wait all day for the show, so be prepared!

Springtime Surprise

Springtime Surprise

Springtime Surprise

Springtime Surprise

Easter in New York

Mickey and the gang visit New York and discover the more contemporary music and dance styles of America. Although it's unlike any New York I've ever seen, it's definitely a lovely show! Presented several times per day at the square in front of the Tower of Terror, and as with the other shows, it fills up quickly and people will wait all day for the show, so be prepared!

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Village Greeting Place - Duffy and ShellieMay

During Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage at Tokyo DisneySea you can meet Duffy and ShellieMay in really cute spring outfits. This year they got new outfits.

ShellieMay is there for the first half of the day (usually from park opening until around 3pm), and Duffy arrives after ShellieMay finishes, and stays until park closing.

ShellieMay

Duffy

They do not greet together, sadly (because if they did the line would be five hours long all day).

It should be noted that Tokyo Disney Resort strictly enforce a "one photo per family" rule for all set greeting locations. This means that you will only be able to get one photo of the character with your own camera, whether that be you taking a photo of them, or you being in the photo.

However, there is a slight quirk to this rule. If you purchase their PhotoPass photo then you can take your own photo (still only one), and they will take your photo, which then you can purchase later.

So, if you want a picture of the character and with the character, take your own and ask to be in theirs.

Spring Decorations

The park is decorated with colourful spring decorations, including many plants and flowers.

Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage

Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage

Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage

Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage

Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage

Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage

Exploring American Waterfront

Exploring American Waterfront

Exploring American Waterfront

Exploring American Waterfront

Spring Merchandise

The Japanese just love all things cute and spring brings the perfect opportunity to sell a wide variety of colourful merchandise.

Tokyo May 2014 - Discovery Gifts

Tokyo May 2014 - Bella Minni Collections

Spring Treats

Just like the merchandise, the Japanese love to eat food that is "kawaii". The Japanese love little themed tins filled with chocolates and sweets, so you'll find tons of Spring Voyage ones everywhere!

Tokyo May 2014 - MickeyAngelo Gifts

Sundae

Tokyo May 2014 - Miguel's El Dorado Cantina

Tokyo May 2014 - High Tide Treats

Ok, that's everything! If you have any questions please go to the forum discussion for this entry and ask there.

Dan.
Advent Calendar - 10th December
DisneyDan  Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:41:18 PM
It's the 10th December, which means it is time to open the tenth door of our very special Character Central Advent Calendar!

Click to find out who it is today!

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Happy Plush Animal Lover's Day!
DisneyDan  Monday, October 28, 2013 2:26:47 PM
Hello everyone,

Today is recognised as being Plush Animal Lover's Day, a day where you can celebrate the cute, loveable joy of your furry friends!

There are some very special Disney Characters who themselves are plush animals, such as the likes of Winnie the Pooh and all his friends (they are Christopher Robin's stuffed animals), Agent Oso, and Mickey's teddy bear Duffy (who was created for him by Minnie).

So, in our usual Character Central style, let's celebrate the day with a photo cavalcade of some of Jon and I's adventures with the adorable, and very huggable, plush Disney friends throughout the years!

Happy Plush Animal Lover's Day everyone!

Dan.

Character fun at Inventions

Meeting Christopher Robin and Kanga

WDW Dec 2008 - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

DDE May 2013 - Saying hi to ShellieMay

Disneyland Dec 2007 - A Christmas Fantasy Parade

WDW Dec 2010 - Eating lunch at the Play 'N Dine at Hollywood & Vine

DDE TDR Closing Event

Winnie the Pooh and Friends, too!

WDW Dec 2008 - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

DDE May 2013 - Duffy's Bedtime Story

Mickey's Halloween Celebration
1st December Character Central Advent Calendar!
DisneyDan  Saturday, December 1, 2012 8:33:12 AM
Today is the first of December, which means it is time to open the very first door of our Character Central Advent Calendar of the year!

Today it is...  [ Read More... ]
Happy 2nd Anniversary Duffy!
DisneyDan  Sunday, October 14, 2012 12:49:38 PM
Today (October 14th) marks the second anniversary of the launch of Duffy the Disney Bear on a permanent basis at the US Parks (WDW and DLR).

Duffy is one of Mickey Mouse's best friends, and was created by Minnie for Mickey when he went on a long sea voyage, to keep Mickey company.

Duffy is soft, fluffy and always very happy to give you a hug. With open arms and gentle paws, Duffy is not just a teddy bear, he is THE most loveable, huggable Disney bear.

Happy 2nd Anniversary Duffy!

The pictures below are just from the US Parks, as it is ONLY his anniversary in the US today.

Meeting Duffy the Disney Bear

Duffy the Disney Bear

Meeting Duffy the Disney Bear

Meeting Duffy the Disney Bear

Meeting Duffy the Disney Bear

Meeting Duffy the Disney Bear

Dan.
Halloween and Christmas (and other) news from around the World!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:58:28 AM
Hi all,
Not really a news update per se, but more just some updates regarding some things that have been going on at the Parks over the last week or so.

Halloween has of course started now at DL and DLP.
DLP has seen a massive overhaul of it's Halloween Season this year, with some FANTASTIC new decorations, lots of new entertainment (at least 3 new bands!), as well as the return of the Trick or Treat stage show starring Mickey and Friends.
The Villains have all returned, and meet daily in Fantasyland, and Jack and Sally are back at Phantom Manor. Villains I have confirmation of this year are: Maleficent, The Witch, Dr Facilier, The Tremaines, Frollo, Gaston, Cruella, Gideon, Ratcliffe, Jafar, the Queen of Hearts, Shan Yu and Hook.
Goofy also has a new location on Main Street, as well as brand new outfit. Pooh has returned once again in his Bumblebee costume, too.

In California, the bulk of their Halloween offerings have moved to the Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland.
The Villains and Mickey and Friends are all there in their Halloween finest. There are also some other small Halloween offerings, activities and games that take place there.
Of course, the park is decked out for the season too.
Much to the fans sadness, and although it was almost expected, Buena Vista Street was not decorated this year for its first Halloween.

This year we'll be visiting FOUR of the Resorts (9 of 11 parks!) for Halloween! We've already done WDW two weeks back, next up is Hong Kong, followed by Tokyo, the finally Paris! 17 days and counting until that craziness begins!

Speaking of Halloween and Florida, they had one of their many marathons that they hold, just last week, and it was a special Halloween themed one. More accurately, it was Villains, and there were some really neat characters there. Most notable were the Hyenas and the Haunted Mansion Gravediggers! We would LOVE to meet the Hyenas!

Jumping back to Paris, you may have noticed that Duffy was missing from the list of characters for Halloween. It was originally expected that he would appear in the same outfit as the US Parks, but in fact, he has been recently dropped from the park altogether (namely due to lack of interest from Guests).
We have heard that he will probably not return for Christmas, either.

Over in Florida, we have heard that at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the long running Beauty and the Beast show will be leaving, as will the Little Mermaid show. No word yet as to when, or what their replacements will be.
Florida has also mixed up some characters this autumn. Marie has moved from EPCOT to Magic Kingdom, Beast has left altogether (to get ready for his debut in the winter at MK presumably) and Chip 'n' Dale have moved from Camp Minnie-Mickey to Rafiki's Planet Watch.
I think there may have been some other minor changes too, but I don't recall what they were right now!

Back to DLP now, and today saw something quite unusual. The Three Good Fairies - Flora, Fauna and Merryweather - made a surprise appearance in Fantasyland! Apparently DLP is considering having them out regularly, and so they asked the Fairies to appear for Guests today to test their popularity! Amazing!
We had heard previously (and I have mentioned this before I think), that DLP want to start having more and more rare characters appear (something that they have always been good at anyway!), and so maybe this is the start of that? A very good start I would say!

Recently there was a promotion in France by Disney for the new Cinderella DVD release, and something quite odd happened. Disney France gave Prince Charming a name for the very first time! Disney has always insisted that the Prince's name was indeed Charming, but now I guess they have decided otherwise! The name was Henri (French of course for Henry)!
So next time you see Prince Charming in the Parks, call him Prince Henri, and see what he says!

And now to Christmas at DLP. I have to say that when I saw the release for the Holiday information this year, it made me REALLY sad that we won't be in DLP for Christmas, as we'll be in DL instead (which I'm still really excited about, of course!).
Here's a list of EVERYTHING that has been confirmed for DLP Christmas thus far, including some really neat BRAND NEW character related items!

Both DL Parc and WDS are getting brand new Christmas Trees and decorations! The DL Parc Tree will feature all new lights and decorations on it.
DL Parc is also getting brand new decorations and garlands all up Main Street, as well as brand new "snow scenes" around Central Plaza featuring character snowmen!
Brand new 3 times per day Christmas Cavalcade in DL Parc featuring Mickey and Friends, Toy Story, Santa and other Holiday friends. FOUR floats - 2 of which are brand new!!
NO MORE PRINCESS LAMP POSTS!! HOORAY!!
Christmas lights ("ice") on the rooftops of the Castle.
Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mickey and Friends
Brand new outfit and Christmas photolocation on Main Street for Minnie!
Brand new Christmas photolocation for Mickey in the Studios that is a "Christmas Tree Forest"
Santa Goofy in Town Square
Santa Claus at the Cottonwood Creek Ranch
Snowfall on Main Street
"it's a small world" Celebration
NEW Christmas photolocation at the Old Mill for Belle! (replaces Belle's Christmas Village)
Jack and Sally at Phantom Manor - they will be staying after Halloween Season to meet throughout Christmas, for the first time ever!

How amazing does all that sound?!

Ok, so I think that is all for now! It was quite a DLP-heavy article today, but then, I guess that is because they have the most news to share!

As always, you can share your own thoughts and discuss with others on our Forums.

Dan.
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